A life at the beach. A winning lottery ticket. True love. These are some of the things people think might make them happy.
Notice nobody mentions work.
A new study from The Conference Board says only 45 percent of those polled are satisfied with their jobs. That number was 61 percent in 1987.
Nathaniel Crittenden owns N'Style Hair Grooming in Bowie, Maryland. He can make customers look good, but he cannot make them all feel good.
"They're into jobs that they really don't like, but they can make the money," says Crittenden.
One woman in College Park told FOX 5 she loves her job.
"I'm a retired lady," she said.
"So you like your job?" asked FOX 5's Beth Parker.
"Yes. I do," she said. "I love to stay home and retire and enjoy myself."
Some businesses are trying to make things better for employees. Vocus is a Lanham-based company that made Washingtonian's list of great places to work. There are free yoga classes, a gym, and even ping pong.
"I love coming to work everyday. I think we have a high energy corporate environment," said Cal Shilling, Vice President of Human Resources for Vocus.
They throw pies at their executives to raise money for charity. Top sales people earn free trips. Vocus' stock is up 100 percent since they went public in 2005. With one in 10 Americans unemployed, some people told us today its good just have a job.
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